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Association football, commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is...  played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the football into the opposing goal.The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area. Outfield players mostly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use their head or torso to strike the ball instead. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. The Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football which organises a World Cup every four years   more
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American football, known in the United States as football, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide with goalposts at each end. The offense attempts to advance an oval ball down the fi... eld by running with or passing it. They must advance it at least ten yards in four downs to receive a new set of four downs and continue the drive; if not, they turn over the ball to the opposing team. Points are scored by advancing the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal or by the defense tackling the ball carrier in the offense's end zone for a safety.American football evolved from rugby and association football. The first game was played on November 6, 1869. A set of rule changes drawn up from 1880 onward by Walter Camp established the snap, eleven-player teams and downs. Later rule changes legalized the forward pass, created the neutral zone and specified the width of the football.American football is the most popular sport in the United States and the National Football League's championship game, the Super Bowl, is among the most-watched sporting events in the world   more
43 votes


Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end. Basketball is one of the world's most popula... r and widely viewed sports.A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores two points for the shooting team if a player is touching or closer to the basket than the three-point line, and three points if the player is behind the three-point line. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time may be issued when the game ends with a draw. The ball can be advanced on the court by bouncing it while walking or running or throwing it to a team mate. It is a violation to move without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.Violations are called "fouls". A personal foul is penalized, and a free throw is usually awarded to an offensive player if he is fouled while shooting the ball. A technical foul may also be issued when certain infractions occur, most commonly for unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of a player or coach. A technical foul gives the opposing team a free throw, and the opposing team also retains possession of the ball   more
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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players who take turns batting and fielding.The offense attempts to score more runs than its opponents by hitting a ball thrown by the pitcher with a bat and moving counter-clockwise a... round a series of four bases: first, second, third and home plate. A run is scored when the runner advances around the bases and returns to home plate.Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to prevent runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance on a teammate's hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for both teams, beginning with the visiting team, constitutes an inning, and nine innings a game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.Evolving from older bat-and-ball games, an early form of baseball was being played in England by the mid-18th century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America, where the modern version developed. By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is now popular in North America and parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, East Asia and Europe   more
28 votes


Ice hockey is a team sport played on ice in which skaters use sticks to shoot a hard rubber hockey puck into their opponent's net to score points. In some countries, such as Canada and the United States, it is known as "hockey"; the name "ice hockey... " is used in countries where "hockey" generally refers to field hockey.A team usually consists of four lines of three forwards, three pairs of defensemen, and two goalies. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Each team has a goaltender who tries to stop the puck from going into the goal.A fast-paced physical sport, hockey is most popular in areas of North America and Europe. In North America, the National Hockey League is the highest level for men's hockey and the most popular. It is the official national winter sport of Canada, where the game enjoys immense popularity. The first organized game was played on March 3, 1875, in Montreal.162 of 177 medals at the IIHF World Championships have been taken by seven nations: Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States. Of the 66 medals awarded in men's competition at the Olympics from 1920, only six medals did not go to the one of those countries. All 12 Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women's Championships medals have gone to one of these seven countries, and every gold medal in both competitions has been won by either Canada or the United States   more
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Rugby football is a style of football that refers to two current sports, rugby league and rugby union. Although the two distinctively different forms of rugby – rugby union and rugby league – share the same basic rules of the game, that is, getting ... the ball over the line to score a try, the rules for each of the forms are different.Rugby football developed from a version of football played at Rugby School and was one of several versions of football played at English public schools during the 19th century   more
6 votes

Auto Racing

Auto racing is a motorsport involving the racing of automobiles for competition.
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Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympi... c Games since 1964.The complete rules are extensive. But simply, play proceeds as follows: a player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball, from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court. The receiving team must not let the ball be grounded within their court. The team may touch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.The rally continues, with each team allowed as many as three consecutive touches, until either: a team makes a kill, grounding the ball on the opponent's court and winning the rally; or: a team commits a fault and loses the rally. The team that wins the rally is awarded a point, and serves the ball to start the next rally. A few of the most common faults include   more
6 votes


Tennis is a sport that people usually play individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a racquet that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and...  into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good return.Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racquet, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as "lawn tennis". It had close connections both to various field games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older raquet sport of real tennis. During most of the 19th-century in fact, the term "tennis" referred to real tennis, not lawn tennis: for example, in Disraeli's novel Sybil, Lord Eugene De Vere announces that he will "go down to Hampton Court and play tennis.".The rules of tennis have changed little since the 1890s. Two exceptions are that from 1908 to 1961 the server had to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and the adoption of the tie-break in the 1970s. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point   more
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Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the...  ancient Olympics where one of the earliest documented systems of codified full range unarmed combat was in the sport of pankration. Various mixed style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of vale tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.The more dangerous vale-tudo-style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with minimal rules. Later, fighters employed multiple martial arts into their style while promoters adopted additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport. The name mixed martial arts was coined by television critic Howard Rosenberg, in 1993, in his review of UFC 1. The term gained popularity when the website newfullcontact.Com, then one of the biggest covering the sport, hosted and reprinted the article. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with a pay-per-view business that rivals boxing and professional wrestling   more
3 votes


Golf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as "playing a ball with a club from...  the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules."It is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on a golf course, generally consisting of an arranged progression of either 9 or 18 "holes." Each hole on the course must contain a "tee box" to start from, and a "putting green" containing the actual hole. There are various other standardized forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough, and hazards, but each hole on a course, and indeed among virtually all courses, is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.Golf competition is generally played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known simply as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes during a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at virtually all levels of play, although variations of match play, such as "skins" games, are also seen in televised events. Other forms of scoring also exist   more
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Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against another opponent.Amateur boxing is an Olympic and Commonwealth sport and is a common fix... ture in most of the major international games - it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges' scorecards at the end of the contest.The birth hour of boxing as a sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game as early as 688 BC. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States   more
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Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is a contact sport which requires padding such as shoulder pads, gloves, helmets, elbow pads, and some... times rib guards. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball and can also be strung with hard mesh. There are many different styles like Canadian mesh, rocket pocket and normal mesh. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport has four major types: men's field lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse   more
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cuneyd says2013-09-03T11:29:10.3357357-05:00
TN05 says2013-09-03T15:17:47.1062142-05:00
FYI, Soccer is perfectly acceptable and is used by more people in the English-speaking world than 'football'. You Brits have no right to get upset that the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand use a term you invented instead of 'football'.
Thaddeus says2013-09-03T17:07:49.7168571-05:00
Lol, not even close. "Association football is known as "football" in the majority of countries where English is an official language, such as the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth Caribbean (including Trinidad and Tobago,[3] Jamaica and others), Malta, India, Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, Liberia, Singapore, Hong Kong and others, stretching over many regions including parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America." (Wiki) Furthermore; French: football Spanish: fútbol Portuguese: futebol Romanian: fotbal Galician: fútbol Turkish: futbol Albanian: futboll Catalan: futbol Hungarian futball Russian: (futbol) Bulgarian futbol Ukrainian, Belarussian: (futbol) Serbian: fudbal Czech: fotbal Slovak: futbal In Thai, the word football fút-bon is used. In Lithuanian, the word "futbolas" is used. And then count all the languages where the word used is a direct translation of "foot" and "ball" you end up with a tiny proportion of people who call it "soccer". Slightly tangentially half the countries you listed don't mean American football when they say football.
TN05 says2013-09-03T17:53:18.3341295-05:00
They mean their local VARIANT of football. In US/Canada it is gridiron, in New Zealand it is rugby, and in Australia it is Aussie football or rugby. More countries may call it 'football', but more PEOPLE (by virtue of US + Canada + Australia, the largest former British colonies) call it soccer. More countries /= most people. Call it football if you want, but don't demand we call it that - we have our own football games, so we use a term YOU invented (and still use in stuff like Soccer Saturday). Snooty soccer fans are a reason soccer hasn't caught on here.
imabench says2013-09-03T18:08:18.0557737-05:00
I think SEX should be an option
Thaddeus says2013-09-04T15:28:34.9612302-05:00
I'm willing to bet that is the majority of people. Australia and New Zealand aren't exactly massive populations. Look at the list; India alone is larger than all those countries combined (English is an official language there). Therefore this comment "but more PEOPLE (by virtue of US + Canada + Australia, the largest former British colonies) call it soccer " is egregiously false. Try some reading comprehension. USA + Canada + Australia isn't even 400 million people. A far cry from the near two billion which call it football (The entire commonwealth calls it football). Also this about American Ethnocentrism, not snobbery. The reason it hasn't caught on in America is because America prefers to play sports no one else does to claim supremacy. There are very few halfway decent American footballers (referring to Association football) despite there being more American people who play than any other country except China. (Also Soccer Saturday was a reviled for the name - they only picked it because it was alliterative, not because Soccer is used here at all)
TN05 says2013-09-04T15:50:04.5224870-05:00
Take a look at this map: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/File:Soccer_football.Png That is a map of how the English-speaking world calls soccer of football. US has an English-speaking population of 313 million. Australia has a population of 22 million. Canada has a population of 34 million (even French Canadians call it soccer). New Zealand has a population of 4 million. Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are all Commonwealth countries. That 373 million easily trumps the UK combined with all other ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES. India does not count because only 10% speak English. There are other countries that use soccer, like South Africa; Ireland uses the term often because they have Gaelic football. In the ENGLISH-SPEAKING world, however, 'soccer' is the more common term. Stop being snoody about it - you invented the term! In other words, nearly 100% of the English speaking word uses a term you invented, be it 'football' or 'soccer'.
Thaddeus says2013-09-04T16:53:33.3000799-05:00
Broken link, but I found it anyway. That information is clearly contradicted by the bit text to the left of it. As I actually know India calls it football (part of the English speaking world btw - it is an official language there), you are clearly wrong. Its football in Hindi too. The English speaking commonwealth is not just the white countries. But even if we play your game; 10% of india is 125 mil, 49% of Pakistan is 88 mil, 53% of nigeria is 79 mil, 76 mil from phillipines (not common wealth but personal experience of Filipinos it is definitely football there) 59 mil from UK, English speakers in Germany, france etc top us well over 400 million. This is before we get to the fact that even in non-english language its still called bloody football. You are arguing for the sake of arguing. You know you are wrong, or you are mindlessly defending american ethnocentrism.
TN05 says2013-09-04T18:25:04.0692922-05:00
If 90% of your population cannot speak English, you are not an English-speaking country. Period. That would mean that the United States belongs in the 'Spanish-speaking world', because 12% of the population speaks Spanish. And I am not arguing American ethnocentrism... I am not demanding anyone anywhere call American football 'football'. Call it whatever you want, I don't care. What I AM arguing against is the Anglocentrism you are promoting. Just because the UK calls it 'football' does not compel anyone else to call it that. In the US, Canada, Australia, and NZ, 'football' does not mean soccer. Period. If you want to call it football, great, go ahead! But you cannot compel me to call it that - it is just a word. I call it soccer - get over it. Either way, I am using a British word. And for the record, the Phillipines call it either 'football' or 'soccer'.
kenanhafeel says2013-09-13T13:50:19.5484079-05:00
Excuse me TN05, I'm kiwi and I call it football. Period.
TN05 says2013-09-13T18:01:28.3296019-05:00
Some people in NZ do call it that, sure. But rugby is what 'football' means, more often than not - just like in some areas of northwest Australia, where 'football' means rugby, not AFL/
poiuytrewqlkjhgfdsamnbvc says2014-04-02T14:33:03.3927134-05:00
Figure Skating?
Shonn says2015-03-03T10:37:23.8448886-06:00
You guys should really give NASCAR a chance. There really is a lot more too it then just going in circles. Believe me, I at one point thought the same thing?
Dancer321 says2015-04-18T14:57:03.4390186-05:00
Why isn't dance on here?
MMcMahon36 says2015-08-05T15:49:09.5797295Z
Track & field / cross country
Debating_Horse says2018-09-13T23:14:00.3351115Z
Auto racing. European rally, Or nascar is good.
TriggeredTro says2018-11-03T18:14:16.2961595Z
The term soccer actually originated all the way back in Ancient Egypt in 476 BC which originated from the terminology cuju. This means soocer was before football.

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